Oklahoma State Tylan Wallace is trying to pick up where former Cowboys wide receiver James Washington left off: winning the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding wide receiver.
After a quiet freshman season with just seven catches, Wallace has burst onto the scene this season. For the season, he has 75 catches, 1,344 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranks third in the nation in yards, 12th in catches and is in the top 10 in touchdowns. Wallace also leads the country in 10-yard catches and 100-yard games.
Ironically enough, Wallace had his lowest yardage output (62) in a month on Saturday in the win against West Virginia, but he was still effective with seven catches, including two touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Texas Tech wide receiver Antoine Wesley was not a finalist, despite the fact that Wesley is having an outstanding season. He ranks second in the nation with 1,375 receiving yards and is tied for fourth in the nation with 84 catches, along with nine touchdowns.
If Wallace wins, he would be the fourth winner from Oklahoma State in the past nine seasons, joining Washington last season, and Justin Blackmon, who won the award in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011. A Big 12 player has won the award five of the past eight seasons (Baylor’s Corey Coleman, 2015, Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma, 2016).
The other finalists: Andy Isabella of Massachusetts and Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy.
Isabella leads the country in receptions (102) and yards (1,698). Jeudy has 51 receptions for 1,002 yards and 10 scores.
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